The Top 5 Most Problematic Aspects Of Project Processing

Sylvie Pokorná
April 2, 2020

Successful project management can be complicated even for an experienced manager. From the start of the planning until the final completion of projects many obstacles can crop up, which falls on the shoulders of management to handle. These types of complications can manifest as big systemic issues that require drastic changes, but also include smaller problems (which, given time, can impact the overall quality of a project). Therefore it's important for any company to ensure any “hiccups” are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Let's take a look at the most common problematic aspects of project management.  

1. Unable to meet deadlines

This is a very common problem for many companies, and can result from management taking on too many projects at one time, combined with a lack of employees to undertake the tasks necessary to meet project deadlines. Additionally, overly optimistic calculations about deadlines can also result in wasted time or late delivery.

2. Poor or lacking communication

Communication is the key to success, which might seem obvious, but for project management it is twice as important. Misinterpretation, incomplete information, or blind spots in communication can cause delays and hinder a project. This applies not just to communication between management and customers, but also between team members. 

3. Human factor

Lack of interest, an uncooperative team, interpersonal disputes, and low motivation all have an impact on the progress of a project. Even with capable employees who work hard, a failure to maintain communication and understanding, a lack of original ideas, or a decrease in productivity can reduce the effectiveness of the team and the company as a whole. It’s crucial to encourage teammates to “complement” each other, such that they are working together rather than individually.

4. Unclear output specifications 

How does your team or stakeholders define the output of a project? A poorly defined goal can thwart the success of project management, even if everything else is running smoothly. Without the right intention or a predetermined destination in mind, it is impossible to expect an output that reflects the best interests of the company or its clients. 

5. Poor scheduling

The last risk to project management is poor project scheduling. Without a clear and organized layout of the steps and processes required to complete a project, it becomes that much more difficult to keep things on a timeline. In this case, an easy solution is regular inspection and overseeing of the correct processes from start to finish. 

What are your problematic situations in project management?

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